tight hamstrings – help!
posted: June 30, 2010
My question is: I have the tightest hamstrings ever. I stretch them daily in a “hurdler’s stretch” and in a nice long wide-legged standing forward bend (where my hands only barely touch the floor), but I don’t seem to be making any headway. My hamstrings prevent me from achieving all kinds of yoga poses and it’s really frustrating. Is there anything else I can do besides stretching daily? Do you have any great stretches you can recommend that might be more effective? – Emily
a yogi answers
Yes, it will help if you practice stretching your hamstrings as often as possible, ideally every day. I like standing forward bends because I feel like gravity helps me get a deeper stretch.
You can always add-in a seated forward bend. The yoga strap is a nice tool for working on the seated forward bend. Put the strap around the soles of your feet and work on moving your hands down the strap toward your feet while keeping your back straight. You can still improve without the strap, but it’s nice to get some leverage. Your hamstrings will get more flexible, but it can take years. Keep smiling!
All forward bends are great, and though they can cause some frustration to those who lack flexibility, over time you will see great results. Breathe deeply and don’t be afraid to explore through that frustration, you can learn lots through what comes up for you. Take it easy!
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